The progression for GP registrars from the highly structured and closely supervised environment of hospital based resident medical officer training to general practice represents the most significant change our junior colleagues may have faced since graduation.
The variety of patient presentations, challenges of a new workplace and employment structure, and relative isolation of the consulting room are just some of the aspects which experienced GP supervisors are completely comfortable with, but contribute to the complete paradigm shift our GP registrars encounter.
Added to this is our paramount concern for the safety of our patients, who must remain central in all our considerations.
While most GP registrars have the necessary knowledge, skills and attributes required for this adaptation, it is an essential component of proper supervision that they be monitored throughout their training, and that GP registrars in difficulty be identified early to allow appropriate intervention and support.
This guide aims to assist general practice GP supervisors to:
- Appreciate some of the potential causes of difficulty for GP registrars.
- Identify signs of difficulty in their GP registrars.
- Address these issues with the GP registrar.
- Develop appropriate supports to assist improvement.
- Assess, triage and escalate concerns as required.
- Understand the various roles and responsibilities of involved parties.
This guide is not intended to be used as a definitive reference but should be used in conjunction with the policies and guidelines of your own Regional Training Organisation (RTO), medical defence organisations and regulatory authorities.